Tell your Twext Tales

You’ve got till 29 August to enter this brilliant competition from Manukau Libraries – Twext Tales:

For Library Week 2010 (August 16 – 22) Manukau Libraries is offering a Twittertastic short-story writing competition with a twist… and a tweet!!! The competition requires entrants to be especially inventive: the composition of short stories in Twitter style; with strict limits on the amount of text.

It is open to any person who is a member of a New Zealand public library.

Kiwi teenagers through the ages

BoysTe Ara has just published a feature on Teenagers and youth in New Zealand. It goes right back to the 19th century and the arrival of ‘youth’ as a distinct group with its own identity.

Other subjects covered are support organisations, subcultures, language, school and work, sexuality, pregnancy, the teenage brain, taking risks, rebellion and more.

There’s a cool gallery of pictures, audio and video to explore:

Combine this feature with the childhoodmidlife adults and older people themes and there’s now cradle to the grave coverage.

To find out more about these themes, read Bodgies, widgies, midlife OEs and the Red Hat Society – a blog post on the new additions from Signposts, the Te Ara blog.

And head over to the Pulse te Auaha, our own site for teens – where there’s competitions, information and fun.

Victoria’s Challenge: Saga

coverI’ve bravely decided to ” throw my fishing net over the huge amount of various New Titles we are receiving daily.” My next pick was a Saga –  The Affair by Santa Montefiore.

The story asks you straight if you would risk everything for love: your exciting career of children’s book writer, stable and even successful marriage and your children’s happiness. Angelica has to deal with all of these nasty questions when she meets Jack – a romantic womanizer and the owner of a vineyard in South Africa. Will Angelica follow the footsteps of her sadly known literature predecessors: Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary? Being a huge fan of Leo Tolstoy and Gustave Flaubert myself, I savoured this highly emotional and sensual modern British novel with a very curious twist at the end.